Imagine you’re a young girl in rural Africa.
You went to primary school, loved your lessons, and enjoyed playing with your classmates. But when it was time to go to secondary school you had to drop out. You may have lost one or both of your parents, and are looking after younger siblings, or helping out elderly grandparents. Your extended family does not have the money for school fees, food, uniforms, or transport. You now have to work to earn money to help your family. You’re vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and early marriage, at risk of physical violence, HIV/AIDS, and serious complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Without education, you’re denied the chance to fulfil your potential and break the cycle of poverty for good.
Then imagine that CAMFED steps in to support you.
Selected by your community, you receive financial and social support to go to school, including mentorship by young women who know exactly what you’re going through. Together, we dismantle the barriers to your education, partnering with parents, teachers, government officials and traditional authorities to deliver your entitlements. The support is not a one-off injection of money, but a package that allows you to enrol in school, do well academically and socially, and maximize the value of your education after graduation. You become part of our Sisterhood, the CAMFED Association of women leaders, and acquire the skills to start a business, or apply for a job or further education. You decide if and when to marry and have children. And you reinvest in the community that nurtured you.
Discover the unparalleled returns of investing in girls’ education
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Watch our CAMFED 101 webinar with Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director – Africa. As one of the very first girls supported to go to secondary school by CAMFED in Zimbabwe, she is the embodiment of the unparalleled returns of investing in girls’ education.